A valid PAL is required to buy firearms in Canada. Unlawful use of this service will be reported to LAW ENFORCEMENT. Find out how to obtain your PAL.

Obtaining A Firearms License In Canada

Obtaining a firearms license in Canada is a requirement to both purchase and own a firearm. It requires you to have some basic firearms knowledge as well have the ability to pass a criminal record check.

Firearms Licenses in Canada are broken down into the following categories:
  • Adult aged 18 or older Possession and Acquisition License (P.A.L.)
  • Minors Firearms License (under the age of 18)

Getting A Possession and Acquisition License (P.A.L.):

Individuals aged 18 years or older can apply for a Possession and Acquisition License. In order to do so, they must first successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and if they wish to possess restricted firearms they must also show successful completion of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course.

The issued PAL will indicate the classes of firearms the holder is able to possess and acquire in writing on the back.

In order to apply for your PAL individuals over 18 years of age must complete Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).  A resource that many have used to assist them in their studies can be found at www.firearms-safety-course.com in which both of the manuals are available to read in a .pdf format as well as videos created by www.silvercore.ca instructors which guide viewers through a demonstration of operating the common firearm actions that individuals will be tested on.

For a comprehensive online training and testing program where users can self study and assess their personal level of firearms knowledge a complete online course created by master instructors can obtained through www.silvercore.ca.

Upon successful completion of the CFSC/CRFSC the applicant must complete an application including a passport style photo and processing fee and submit to a criminal record check, background check and reference check.  There is a mandatory 28 day waiting period that takes effect from when the Canadian Firearms Program receives an applicant’s request to the time of issuance.

The fee for a PAL is $60 for non-restricted, $80 for restricted or prohibited (grandfathered or inherited prohibited firearms).  If an applicant is wishing to have multiple endorsements on their license, the maximum fee is $80.  Currently, the same costs apply for renewing both license classification types.

We also have a page where you can browse with schools that have been in contact with Gunxpress, we do our best to get in touch with as many firearm schools as possible and keep their listing up to date. (Link here should take them to the directory category for Firearm Schools)

Getting A Firearms License For Minors (Minors License):

The Minors Firearms License is generally reserved for youths younger than 18 but older than 12.  Some exceptions have been made for those under the age of 12 but that usually requires a Chief Firearms Officer to approve based on the Child’s need to hunt for sustenance.

The Minors Firearms License will allow the holder to acquire ammunition and be in possession of a non-restricted (typically rifle or shotgun) firearm.  As a general rule, a minor’s license will not allow the holder to acquire a firearm but that is a matter up for debate as I have been informed that in certain circumstances this has been waived (for example when a minor is a competitive shooter yet the parents or guardians do not or can not obtain a firearms licenses themselves).

The minor is required to take and successfully complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.  The option to challenge the course is not available to minors as it is to adults.  As a general rule, minors are not permitted to obtain a license allowing them to possess restricted or prohibited firearms (typically handguns or firearms deemed to require stricter legislation due to its size or aesthetics).   In most cases, the issuance of a minor’s license is strictly up to the Chief Firearms Officers discretion and will require a formal meeting with the minor as well as a parent or guardian.

Currently the fee for a minor’s license is $10/year to a maximum of $30 for over 2 years.

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